Watch live: Joe Biden is president of the United States

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States when he swears the oath of office at the US Capitol in Washington.

Here is the latest from Washington:


4.42pm

Kamala Harris has been sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

Ms Harris is the first female vice president, the first of African American and the first of South Asian heritage.

Ms Harris was sworn in by the first Latina to serve on the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.


4.38pm

Pop star Lady Gaga has sung the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, to begin the inauguration ceremony in Washington.


4.30pm

The ceremony to inaugurate Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States has begun — watch it live here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmIZmu7EY74


4.15pm

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have arrived at the US Capitol in Washington.

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Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, left, and Joe Biden and his wife Jill, on the steps of the US Capitol (J Scott Applewhite/AP)

2.45pm

Joe Biden and his wife Jill, as well as vice president-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, attended Mass at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle as part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington.

Joe Biden and his wife Jill at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle, with Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff to the left (Evan Vucci/AP)

2.30pm

Donald Trump did follow at least one presidential tradition, with the White House saying the Republican president left behind a note for his successor, Democrat Joe Biden.

Deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to reveal what Mr Trump wrote to Mr Biden or to characterise the sentiment in the note, citing privacy for communication between presidents.


2.20pm

In a departure from tradition, Donald Trump departed Washington ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration rather than accompany his successor to the US Capitol.

The Republican president departed the White House with his wife, Melania, saying it had been a great honour to serve and vowing to return “in some form” in his final remarks.

Outgoing US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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